Historical: 12 December 1991 review of an early CD player by Martin Colloms
The US company conrad johnson are best known for their classic line of high quality valve/tube electronics which includes the long running, true high end 'Premiere' series. However, this company is larger and more active than you might imagine and has other divisions which generate significant home sales such as Motif - these high performance, non valve products, and also Sonographe, a mid priced line. Sonographe includes speakers and turntables in addition to amplifier electronics and of course, the SD22 CD player, latest version from a series which has been in production for several years now.
The Library of Congress has released from the national recording registry the ultimate stay at home playlist. The following announcement was just released from Washington D.C.. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named this and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.
Understandably the show was a bit smaller and quieter than in previous years, with Corona inevitably beginning to cast its shadow, but it was well attended nonetheless for its 33rd year with many improved products and systems and numerous launches of new audio product.
It seems to get bigger every year and this time I was determined to be a little selective even with the danger of overlooking something of particular interest. The layout is something of a maze and despite maps and extensive signage it is easy on more than one occasion to end up at the same place. That is not so bad, as more often than not you then find something interesting that you would otherwise have missed.
DOLBY HQ Soho Square 27. 03. 2019
Phil Hansen, Clarity operations director, kick started the annual event with some news followed by an introduction the Clarity website under development: Insidehifi.com,login required, for linking trade members with news and offers.
He then quoted Kim Bayley, CEO of the UK Electrical and Radio Association, concerning digital audio and ‘generation rent’:
HIFICRITIC Vol. 13 No. 1 January – March 2019
The new issue sees the inestimable Paul Messenger leaving HIFICRITIC after some twelve years of valued effort. We wish him well and I am sure that more copy will emerge from his pen. I will take over as Editor-in-Chief having completed a heavy and extended workload comprising the rewrite of my near 700 page textbook, High Performance Loudspeakers, 7th edition for John Wiley. I will now be joined at HIFICRITIC by Andrew Everard, appointed Senior Contributing Editor, who has already distinguished himself in these pages.
The new issue is available here.
Preview by Martin Colloms. Review to be published in the January to March 2019 Issue
Our review, to be published 20th February 2019, comprises three pickup cartridges of low output moving coil technology and one moving vane optical from DS Audio. With the light powered DS002, we have the Audio Technica AT-ART1000 ‘direct coil’, the LINN KRYSTAL ‘skeletal’ moving coil, and the Rega Aphelion ‘skeletal’ moving coil, all benchmarked against the magazine's resident Lyra Delos. In a marathon session Colloms and Bryant carried out extended comparisons for these five cartridges.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.